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Paragraph 5 of the TAR Listing Agreement explains that a seller will pay the broker either a percentage of the sales price or a set fee when the compensation is earned and payable. In this situation, you could argue that the compensation was earned when you procured a buyer who was ready, willing, and able to buy the property at the listing price, and the compensation was payable when the seller refused to sell the property after your compensation had been earned.
If negotiations with your client fail and your client is not willing to pay your compensation, you may need to contact an attorney. Have your client talk to an attorney about the legal liabilities of proceeding with a sale without the termination of the original contract. Remember, there are two ways to formally terminate a contract:.Spencer's Legal Spin - Cancellation of Contract (California Real Estate)
The parties can agree to terminate and sign a document like Release of Earnest Money TAR that releases both parties from further obligations under the contract. Under the provisions of Paragraph 18 of the contract, your client could make a written demand to the escrow agent that the earnest money be released. Following these steps for disbursement releases the escrow agent from liability related to the disbursement. This might make it easier for the buyer to recover the liquidated damages stated in Paragraph Although the amount of earnest money involved in any given transaction may not be substantial, a party who wrongfully fails or refuses to sign a release could end up liable for more than just the amount of the earnest money held by the escrow agent.
The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.
Earnest Money Agreement - For Sale by Owner
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Legal disclaimer My client received a full-price offer on a property I listed for him after signing a Residential Real Estate Listing Agreement Exclusive Right to Sell TAR , but he now states he is no longer interested in selling his property and refuses to accept the offer.
I believe that I still deserve my commission because I fulfilled my obligation under the listing agreement by bringing him a suitable buyer.
Am I still entitled to receive my commission? He and the buyer blame each other, and both want the earnest money. What should I do?
In what situations will earnest money be returned to the buyer?
Remember, there are two ways to formally terminate a contract: A judge can order a contract termination. What can my buyer do to get her earnest money?
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